- White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.
- Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday, as they began a sweep of the airport for any traces of the deadly toxin.
- Japanese cult also used VX; survivor recounts how it felt
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese religious cult that carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995 also experimented with the VX nerve agent suspected in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia.
- 10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
- Car bomb near Syria town captured from IS kills 35 people
BEIRUT (AP) — A car bombing north of a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed at least 35 people on Friday, mostly civilians who had gathered trying to go back home, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said.
- For Rubio and more, passing of trade deadline brought relief
MIAMI (AP) — Ricky Rubio was trying desperately to take his own advice. Minnesota's point guard told anyone who would listen to him not to worry about the trade deadline, or fret about what moves might be coming.
- Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin didn't need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway.
- Going, going, gone: NASCAR stars starting to step away
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is working in the broadcast booth. Carl Edwards is spending time with family. Tony Stewart is hanging out at dirt tracks.
- US ski team pulls out of combined race after crashes
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — The U.S. ski team, including overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, pulled out of the Alpine combined race Friday because of dangerous conditions on the course.
- Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — What a bummer of a beginning to the Boogie-and-Brow era in the Big Easy.